Hanalei Blog

Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)

Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai’oli Beach Park “Pinetrees” Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore is this year’s Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.

There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.

Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.

Click here for the registration form.

Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?

I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here’s their webpage if you’d like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org

So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.

What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.

Here’s what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!

August 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this in my newsfeed this morning, and knew I had to blog about it. I think it is so neat and something that we could all learn from! Here’s the specs on this upcoming event…

What It’s a free class on Hawaiian Medicinal Plants (La’au Lapa’au). Here is the link to the facebook site.

Who This class is hosted and taught by Gabriel Monaghan. (I wonder how long he has been doing this, and what credential backing he has to prove his research and everything. Well, I guess I’ll find out!)

Where It is this Wednesday night at the Hanalei Community Center (also referred to as Hale Halawai ‘Ohana ‘OHanalei). 55299 Kuhio Hwy C, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 is the address.

When The free first class is this Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm to about 6:30pm. The post I saw says there are 12 classes for a fee, but this first introductory class is free and open to the public.

Why Why is this news worthy? I know there are medicinal healing abilities in plants. I am oh so curious to know more about the plants around us and how I can use them. At the very minimum, my curiosity has peaked and I want to know what kind of info this guy has to say.

Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.

This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the “Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert” that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.

For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?

If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.

I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and ‘playing’ in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.

This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water’s edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that’s for sure.

Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)

This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai’s north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.

I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.

This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.

July 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

There is a relatively new tradition that I want to share about, and invite you to come to. It is this Saturday, July 5th at the Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. It is the annual “After the Fireworks” event. This is a time where we as a community can come together and clean up the Bay from all of the fireworks litter and debris left behind from the night before. I love a good fireworks show, but I will readily admit that I love Hanalei Bay more, much, much more.

The gathering of helpers to commence the cleanup will meet at 9am. I was told to bring gloves and a shovel if you have one. I suggest wearing a hat of some sort, and to wear sunscreen. There will be other cleanup supplies provided. Contact Kelly at 808-826-2218 if you have any further questions. She is the point of contact for this event.

I chose to blog about this to inform more of our community about this productive annual tradition. For those who are living here and those who are visiting, please come on out and lend a helping hand. In years past I heard there are light refreshments served as well. Very thoughtful for the sponsors of this little event to have something like that. Hope to see you there!

June 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Usually I am on my game and can share about some fun and interesting things to do on Kauai, but this one is last minute! I have just the thing for folks to do on Kauai’s north shore for tomorrow night, Saturday, June 21st. At Tahiti Nui, a great eatery, there will be a live performance by Guadi! They are calling it a Summer Solstice Show. After all, it is the first day of summer tomorrow. ;)

Tahiti Nui is in Hanalei, located at 5-5134 Kuhio Highway. This public concert begins in the evening (9pm), and I suggest getting there sooner rather than later. Get something tasty to eat at Tahiti Nui like their baby back ribs, or their Garden Isle salad. They are also a cocktail lounge, so if that is something you would like to purchase, for those age 21 and up go right on ahead. Also on the menu are beer and wine.

If you are in the area, I think this would be a great thing to go to, for you night owls. If you are not in the area, it is worth your time to come on up and check out Guadi, Tahiti Nui, and the rest of Kauai’s north shore. Here in Hanalei with the bay and everything, it is not a place you should pass on through. Come on over, stay awhile!

June 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this post in my newsfeed this morning. The picture is almost as good as the real thing! ;) If you have not been to Kauai’s north shore, you should really put it on your bucket list if it is not there already. Hanalei Bay is simply gorgeous and a very awakening place to be. By awakening, I mean it makes me feel alive. It engages all of my senses when I am there. The sights are magnificent, the smells extraordinary (in a good way), the sounds soothing and calming, and the touch of the sand on your feet and the wind at your back makes me feel alive. I love it when I get moments out of my day to stop, and smell the roses. I like it when I catch myself with all of my senses screaming at me! The beauty, the weather of this place is nine times out of ten, perfect! Even then, I do appreciate variety in weather.

Want to talk about weather in Hanalei? How does 79 degrees Fahrenheit sound? Partly cloudy? There is a chance of rain later today, but that does not affect the temperature much at all. There’s nothing wrong with a little spring sprinkling. That picture I posted is spot on when it comes to describing today’s weather. Just enough clouds to keep the sun playing peek-a-boo.

Hanalei Bay is a gorgeous place to come and stay… and to play and learn too! Why not learn about Kauai’s history and indulge yourself into some knowledge? The Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro Farm has a tour that is just what you were asking for when you asked for an informative, historical indulgence into Kauai’s past.

The tours are by appointment only, so follow the link to get connected and set your tour date with the good people at the Haraguchi Rice Mill (www.haraguchiricemill.org). Or you can call them at (808) 651-3399. While I’m at it and looking up their exact information, here is their address too: 5-5070 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714.

So this facility is part rice mill, part taro farm. There used to be acreage that supported rice, but that has since turned into an active taro farm. What is taro you may ask? Taro (or kalo) is a plant that produces what is called “poi.” Poi is a common staple food on Hawaii. From what I know about it, it is very nutritious, hypo-allergenic, and gentle on sensitive tummies. I know some who have used it as a milk substitute even. Ok, perhaps you know a bit more about taro now. :)

I do not want to give away all of the neat and interesting facts about this family owned farm, but I will tell you that you will not regret going! For the tour, dress accordingly and be prepared to get your shoes wet or maybe even muddy. This is a hands-on, interactive, and very informative tour. I was able to appreciate the Haraguchi’s dedication and work ethic to this historical place as they continue to farm this precious land.

Thinking of staying at a resort on Kauai? The Hanalei Bay Resort has condos perfect for a vacation rental getaway. These condos have all that you need to get that perfect atmosphere surrounding you and your family and friends while staying on Kauai. The Garden Island’s north shore is the place to stay when you are coming to Kauai!

This condo has it all when it comes to amenities! It is a three bedroom, two bath rental. There are two king sized bedrooms (so that sleeps four people right there) and there is a loft bedroom with two twin beds (so that’s another two people). It sleeps six people in beds–consider the couches if you have another person you are needing to squeeze in a spot to sleep.

There is air conditioning. This might seem like something standard depending on where you live, but I just wanted to note it in case it was something you were really seeking out in a vacation rental. The entire resort has wireless internet! There are also flat screen TV’s in all of the bedrooms and in the living room. This makes for some good ol’ fashioned down-time when you are relaxing at this resort.

A resort with kitchens in its condos? Yes! Hanalei Bay Resort 6301 has a full sized kitchen. This makes vacationing so much easier when you have access to a sink, water, a fridge and freezer, stovetop, oven, etc. If you have special dietary needs or are traveling with someone who does, this will make your vacation go much more smoothly. Being able to shop and have food nearby at all times will ensure peace of mind and some monetary savings. ;)

Speaking of savings, this resort vacation rental rents as low as $2,100 per week! For all that you get, this is a real deal. For a resort with an ocean view, you cannot get much better of a rate as this. Oh–and let me finish telling you about the rest of the amenities… There is a full sized washer and dryer in the unit. How convenient is that?

Do you like tennis? The resort have a full-service tennis court and pro-shop. Just imagine the views while playing a few rounds in the morning. It’s a gorgeous place to stay and play. The resort’s pool is also a big plus! Be sure to check out the pictures and availability calendar at the link I listed in this post. Places like this make staying on Kauai’s north shore easy and affordable in my opinion.

May 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Let’s talk beaches! Which one to go to? What to expect? I can understand it may be overwhelming to select a beach to go to. You want to go to one that meets your needs. Some are private, some are more busy and populated. Some are high on the bluffs, others have some smooth sand. There is quite a variety on Kauai. Today I want to spotlight Lumahai Beach in Hanalei. This north shore beach is one you may just fall in love with. ;)

Have you ever seen the movie “South Pacific?” If so, you have seen Lumahai Beach! This is a good beach for photographs, beach walking, sunset viewing, and some snorkeling. There is a lifeguard on duty during normal hours.

There are magnificent black lava rocks around and in the water. The contrast, the colors, it is all just so picturesque. The sand is so white. Did I mention the colors already? Blue, black, white, add in some green from the trees and some white from the clouds (if any) and you have got yourself a perfect picture! The sand–that is what I wanted to talk about before I got carried away–the sand is a dream. I do not know how else to say it really. If you are looking for a beach to walk and talk along, feel the wind in your hair, and watch a beautiful sunset at–Lumahai Beach is perfect for you. Memories and special moments are made here!

So you want to come here? Here is the Google Map results of Lumahai Beach. After following that link click on directions and you should be able to navigate how to get there from your location on Kauai.

May 12, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I sit here now having a quiet evening at home. It was a busy day for me on this Mother’s Day. I got to be with my mom most of the day and spend some quality family time with her. It was a relaxing day in that there were no demands on me, nor were there on her. It was a day of rejuvenation and time invested into our relationship. Now that I am an adult (and have been for some time now,) we have become good friends, my mom and me. It is neat to look back and see that shift in our relationship from parent to child, from friend to friend. Do not get me wrong, I will always be her baby girl she tells me, but it is different now that I am an adult and I am pioneering my own path in life.

First we started the day off with sleeping in. Yes, a lazy start. It was rather nice. I literally had nothing on my calendar but the number 11 on the page and the tiny printed words “Mother’s Day” that came on the calendar when I bought it. My mom and I met up for lunch at The Hanalei Gourmet. It was just the right mix of formal meets affordable for me. Yes, I bought her meal! Then we went to Relish (also in Hanalei) to get a mani-pedi. I am glad I booked us an appointment when I did. After that we headed for the beach. We went for a stroll along the beach and joined up with my dad and some other family friends. It was so natural, so easy today. I like it when I have nothing on the calendar and still things seem to go just as planned. That is what made me want to blog about today. It was just so carefree, simple, and yet so perfect. I wish now I had more vacation time so I could have more days like today. Days with family and friends. I cherish days like this.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat? And a yummy one at that? I enjoy going to Hanalei Wake-up Cafe from time to time. I eat at home most of the time, but when I go out to eat, I like to make it worth my while.

Here are my basic rules to follow when I am indecisive and cannot decide what to order. In no particular order:

Am I craving anything right now? Then I’ll order that.

What do I like on the menu that I either do not know how to cook at home, or that I do not cook at home? Then I’ll order that.

Then, if it is coming down to just a few items and I still cannot decide, I will ask myself: What is the least expensive item of what I want? Then I’ll order that.

In a matter of minutes, I can then order something to please my taste buds and my tummy!

While at Hanalei Wake-up Cafe I have ordered their cinnamon roll. And yes, this is craveable at times for me. I have ordered their breakfast quesadilla–delish!

This breakfast and brunch eatery is located at 5-5144 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Hawaii. Click here to see its location in google maps. Please note (before you go) that they are a cash only establishment. Other than that, I think you are well prepared to go and enjoy some good eats while at this place. They are on my restaurant list of places I like to eat!

April 25, 2014 by, Lindsey

Last month history was made, yet again. Remember Bethany Hamilton? The one whose real life story was written about in the book, Soul Surfer? And then it was turned into a feature film in 2011? Well, the latest on this amazing young woman’s story is that she has taken first place at this year’s Surf n Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro hosted here in Hawaii!

She has not let life’s hurdles get in her way. Check out this article on her winning this year’s big event. http://surf.transworld.net/1000167400/photos/bethany-hamilton-wins-surf-n-sea-pipeline-pro/. The ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) results are at the bottom of the article, too, for scoring purposes. Check it out!

If you have not been to a surfing competition, let me tell you it is something to do at least once in a lifetime. If at all possible, do it more than once. I saw this in my morning’s news feed from “The Garden Island” paper, and I thought I would share. Here is the article on “Hawaii surf championship opens today at Ala Moana Bowls” which highlights the four sites for the competition along the way. I want to try and make the event at Pine Trees in Hanalei!

Saturday. The day before Easter! Tomorrow is the 13th Annual Pine Trees Classic surf contest in Hanalei. Surfing begins early in the morning at 7am. This is an event for kids ages 5 through 12. It is located at Pine Trees beach.

This is a great family event to go to. Thousands of people show up and it makes for a welcoming atmosphere. I have gone in the past, and I had a good time. There have been sponsors there years prior, and they will likely be back giving away free things from hats and shirts to posters and backpacks (just like the year I went with family). In years past I have seen sponsors give away surfboards, too! I wonder if that will happen again this year?! I guess we will have to find out tomorrow…

For those who are not participating in the surfing contest, there are other booths and things for kids to do. I doubt anyone would feel left out. There is simply too much to do and see. It is a time for the community to come together. When I was there last year I did not see unhappy faces. The contest is fun and competitive, but really it is more about the kids, having fun, and getting some surfing in.

As for those in the contest, they have given out trophies in the past, and I would assume that they would do the same again this year. It is an everybody wins kind of encouraging and motivational time for the kids.

Looking for things to do on Kauai’s north shore? How about kayaking? This is not the kind of kayaking that has rapids or something like that, this kind of kayaking is more like paddling around. If you are not a fitness buff, then this may feel like an upper body workout a bit… like it was for me.

Kayaking on Hanalei River is a fun thing to do, and it’s family friendly. There are kayaks for rent (that seat up to three people is the most I have seen). There are folks out there with children too, so you can bring them along if you think they are ready, good listeners, and who want to go out on the water. I have seen kids as young as about four years old, if that helps any.

There are multiple locations on the north shore to get out and on the water. Hanalei River is the one I like to kayak on. The water is easy and smooth. The landscape is breathtaking! You are bound to see wildlife such as turtles and birds. It is like an estuary out there.

With any kayaking adventure, I recommend going prepared. Sunscreen is a must, a water bottle, maybe a sunhat or other type of shade. Wear clothes that you would be okay getting wet in as far as shorts and shoes. You can bring your cell phone if you wish. There is a thing called a “dry bag” case that is available for rent at most all kayak rental shops. It is large enough to hold a few small possessions to keep dry, such as a phone, wallet, and a key ring. In case the inside of the boat gets wet, these items will be just fine. If you think this is a good investment for your lifestyle, go ahead a buy a dry bag, or bring the one you already own.

March 30, 2014 by, Lindsey

If you live on Kauai then you know exactly what I am talking about when I say “shave ice” …for those of you who are going to be coming to Kauai soon or are here visiting, let me tell you now: please treat yourself to some shave ice…

Shave ice is beautifully shaved ice that I like to describe as “fluffy, soft, smooth and fine.” This is not a snow cone or a slushy or anything like that. It is so significantly better that it really does not compare to those. Shave ice is delicious and it comes in a wide variety of flavors. Syrups are added to give the shave ice its flavor.

There is also the option to get ice cream with your shave ice. I recommend the ice cream. Why? Because I like ice cream. The ice cream is also your choice, so pick carefully and pair well with your syrups. When in doubt, ask the person serving you what they like and they will be sure to recommend a good combination.

Where can you get shave ice? On the north shore here, there is a place called Shave Ice Paradise. They set up shop at 5-5183 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. Type that into your GPS or smart phone and they are open most afternoons on into the evening. I like–no wait, I love their shave ice with Macadamia nut ice cream and coconut syrup. Heaven in a cup. Look here for their other syrup flavors.

Another hot spot to go for shave ice is at Wishing Well Shave Ice in Hanalei. Here is their address 5-5066 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. There are more flavors on the menu, but I say equally as good as Paradise. If one is not open, go to the other, really. When you need some shave ice in your life, you just need it. And then you’ll need seconds! That is what I always have to talk myself out of: seconds… each time I have shave ice.

There are other tasty shave ice locations on Kauai’s north shore, I just highlighted two today. I will name others in later blogs and other types of eateries as well. I just had to share about shave ice so you too can experience it–and the sooner the better.

March 11, 2014 by, Lindsey

Alright, this is turning out to be a busy week for me and this weekend is looking to be much busier! There are so many events and activities going on here on “The Garden Island” that I must share as many as I can! If you are not wanting to travel to Lihue for the lei making workshop this Saturday, I would encourage you to come to a free event on the north shore.

It is a community workday–a great way to get involved in the community by lending a helping hand. Did I mention that after the cleanup they are also providing a free lunch? Yes, there is a Waipa Community Workday this Saturday from 9am to 12noon followed by a free lunch.

This may not seem like the most glamorous event, but it sure has a lot of meaning and purpose. The workday is to help control the weeds and to then plant native trees and other useful plants of the Ahupua’a of Waipa and Malama the stream.

Interested in getting a bit dirty to help beautify Kauai’s natural landscape? If you are genuinely interested in helping out, here is what you can do. Contact Emmaleah at (831) 566-4575. She will want to know that you are coming. This will also help the Waipa Foundation plan for lunch that day. After you RSVP, pack your bag. Bring a filled water bottle, good shoes for walking and hiking, a towel, a snack if you so desire, and gloves for gardening type activities. Apply sunscreen and insect repellant before you come out, too.

The group is starting out the cleanup workday at Waipa, just a half mile out of Hanalei. This is a great option for those of you staying on Kauai’s north shore. If you and your family or group of friends staying on the island are looking for something productive to do, this is a great option for a few hours on Saturday morning. Now if only I can decide on which event or events I can make it to that day!

February 24, 2014 by, Lindsey

Kauai has made great improvements over the years to cater to alternative forms of transportation. One of which is the North Shore Path for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and others. Back in 2012, the North Shore Path (NSP) was unveiled. It is a beautiful paved path connecting the communities of Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei along the North Shore. Now that you know some basics of this nature-filled path, let me tell you more…

This path has been something welcomed by the community. It offers an alternative to motorized vehicles as a way for transportation. It promotes exercise, health and wellness, and a more united sense of community. I have been out on the NSP and I like it when I come across others on the path, along the way to my destination. I always see friendly faces when I am on it. Sometimes I go out and bike on it for pure exercise. Other times I have used it to make a leisurely commute on my bicycle.

The path really is an extensive trail that is composed of some road sharing and some alternative paths so you can more efficiently get to your destination. In the Princeville area on into Hanalei Bay there are some parts of the path near the water, too. If you have a bike and you are anywhere near the North Shore, this is something you must do.

Perhaps you are going to be vacationing in the Hanalei area and you will not have a bicycle with you. Not to worry! There are bicycle rental shops in the area! In Hanalei there is Pedal n Paddle. Click on the link to see prices and cruise their site to get their exact physical address. The folks there are very nice and helpful–I recommend them! :)

If you do not wish to bike the NSP then please, walk it! If you have little ones, stroll on it! It is something outdoorsy, free to do and it keeps us all moving. I know I look for ways to add exercise into my day. If you are on vacation, this is a great way to help keep fit.